Made to promote flight deck safety, this Vietnam era film features footage shot aboard USS Forrestal (CVA-59). It was made in 1967, the same year that the ship suffered a terrible fire that cost 134 lives. It is unclear whether the film predates the fire, or was made in its wake. The USS Forrestal (CV-59) superseded Shinano of World War II vintage as the largest aircraft carrier ever built by full load displacement and was the first to specifically support jet aircraft. The ship was affectionately called "The FID", because James Forrestal was the first ever Secretary of Defense, FID standing for "First In Defense". This is also the slogan on the ship's insignia and patch. She was also informally known in the fleet as the "Zippo" and "Forrest Fire" or "Firestal" because of a number of highly publicized fires on board.
May 30, 2010 Subject:
I was on the Forrestal from 76 to 79. As to the film being made before or after the fire, my opinion is before. The sad part of that would be, most of the safety talked about in the film weren't being followed on the terrible day. Since the fire disabled the ship so badly it would not have been possible to film this after the fire, at least not if it was made in 67. Really good film though, wish the crew had been doing what they were taught. Would have saved several lives.